Art cars starting up in Trinidad



Artists, start your engines.

Trinidad artist and one-time local (legend) Rodney Wood announced today that he's heading up the first of what he hopes will be an annual celebration of culture in Trinidad: ArtoCade.

Set for September, Wood is calling for all Colorado artists to start decking out vehicles for the ArtoCade, which will be a parade, art car show, exhibits and all-around-merry-making extravaganza with music, dancing and lots of parties. Trinidad, Wood writes, has "charged me with the honor of creating a 'signature event' that will draw people to town from near and far. ... It will be the biggest art event to ever appear in southern Colorado."

Much like the fabled artcar events of Houston and Seattle, ArtoCade is open to everyone and generally fringes on the slightly bizarre, which is, of course, a blessing.

Take these examples Wood supplied:

art car, ArtoCade

art car, ArtoCade

But he's seeking those cars. Have a beater that could just find new life as a mobile work of art? That rusty Geo with the sticky clutch that sort of looks like a giant pin cushion? Remember, the weirder, the better.

And basically, anything with wheels will do. If it doesn't drive, then it can be a float. Just as long as it's visual and creative. Certain artists can also apply for a stipend, if he or she lives within 250 miles of Trinidad and meets other criteria. All the information regarding that, and the registration forms are online. You can also contact Wood directly with questions at 719/334-0087.

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